November 20, 2014
A school community is reeling after a resident adviser and football player was killed Saturday.
Parker Moore, 20, of Woodinville, Wash. was stabbed multiple times late Saturday night near a 7-Eleven convenience store directly across the street from the Linfield College Campus, only hours after the team clinched the conference championships with a 59-0 win.
The suspect, who returned to the scene of the crime, was shot dead by McMinnville police officers when he refused to drop a knife, officials said.
A memorial for Moore, who played linebacker on the school’s football team, grew Sunday on a fence near the school’s football field as students grieved what police have called a “complete random act.”
Yamhill County police tentatively identified the suspect as 33-year-old Joventino Bermudez Arenas, of McMinnville, who officials said had no connection to the college and did not know Moore. Autopsies for both men will be conducted Monday.
Linfield College Vice President of Student Affairs said Moore was well-liked and had a wide, wide circle of friends.
“Parker is the young man you want your kids to grow up to be,” said Linfield Wildcats Head Coach Joe Smith.
Officers responded to the 24-hour 7-Eleven, at Hwy. 99 West and Southwest Fellows St., across the street from the campus entrance on Southwest Founders Way.
When officers arrived, they found the 20-year-old student had been stabbed multiple times with a knife by a suspect who fled before officers arrived.
Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Svenson said while officers and paramedics were on scene at the 7-Eleven, the suspect came back to the scene.
A witness, who saw the stabbing, pointed out the suspect, later tentatively identified as Arenas, to the officers, Svenson said.
The confrontation, in which Arenas allegedly refused to put the knife down, “resulted in the McMinnville officers shooting the suspect,” Svenson said. Arenas was transported by ambulance to Willamette Valley Medical Center where he later died, police said.
“At this point, we can’t show any connection between the two individuals,” Svenson said. He went on to describe the incident as a “complete random act.”
Before being tentatively identified as Arenas, police said they believe the suspect lives in the Yamhill County area, but does not attend the college and does not appear to have an extensive criminal history.